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UK armed forces and defence promotions gallantry awards

Her Majesty The Queen will honour the memory of thousands of Service Personnel who have given their lives for this country by giving Her name to a new form of recognition for military families.

The Elizabeth Cross will be granted to the next of kin of Armed Forces personnel killed on operations or as a result of terrorism in a mark of national recognition for their loss.

This is the first time the name of a reigning Monarch has been given to a new award since the George Cross was instituted in 1940 by King George VI for brave acts by both civilians and the military. Prior to this, the Victoria Cross was introduced by Queen Victoria in 1856 for acts of gallantry by the Armed Forces.

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